Science News Roundup: Bezos’ 2021 Space Odyssey Is Too Big a Risk For Insurers; Australian scientist talks to frogs, fears their silence, and more
Below is a summary of current science briefs.
Vaccine-related heart disease tends to resolve itself quickly; Delta variant fuses cells to infect more efficiently
The following is a summary of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Vaccine-associated myocarditis tends to go away quickly
Eisai’s Alzheimer’s Drug With Biogen Gets Breakthrough Status in US
Japanese company Eisai Co and its partner Biogen Inc said Wednesday that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation to their investigational therapy, lecanemab, for patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The drug works similarly to Biogen’s Aduhelm, which was approved earlier this month. It removes sticky deposits of a protein called beta-amyloid from the brains of patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease to avoid its impact, including memory loss and inability to take care of oneself.
Meet Nesher Ramla Homo – precocious new human discovered at Israeli cement site
Scientists said Thursday they discovered a new type of primitive human after studying pieces of fossilized bone unearthed at a site used by a cement plant in central Israel. The fragments of a skull and lower jaw with teeth were around 130,000 years old and could force some parts of the human family tree to be rethought, researchers from Tel Aviv University and the University said. Hebrew of Jerusalem.
Archaeologist finds 6,000-year-old island settlement off Croatian coast
Archaeologist Mate Parica was examining satellite images of the Croatian coastline when he spotted something unusual. “I thought to myself: maybe it’s natural, maybe not,” said Parica, a professor at the University of Zadar.
“Space is for everyone”: European Space Agency to hire first disabled astronaut
The European Space Agency hopes to hire and launch the world’s first physically disabled astronaut and several hundred potential para-astronauts have already applied for the job, ESA director Josef Aschbacher told Reuters on Friday. The 22-member space program just closed its latest decennial astronaut recruitment call and has received 22,000 applicants, Aschbacher said.
Bezos’ 2021 Space Odyssey a risk too far for insurers
Placing one of the richest individuals on the planet into orbit has proven to be too much of a step for insurers, who are unwilling to assess the risk of losing Jeff Bezos or his fellow travelers to the world. space. Lifetime space enthusiast Amazon CEO Bezos competes with Elon Musk and Richard Branson to become the first billionaire to fly beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Fossil find adds to evidence that dinosaurs live in the Arctic year-round
Fossils of tiny baby dinosaurs unearthed in far north Alaska offer strong evidence that prehistoric creatures lived year-round in the Arctic and were likely warm-blooded, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology . The fossils come from at least seven types of dinosaurs that were just hatched or in their eggs around 70 million years ago. Researchers have never found evidence of dinosaur nests so far north, said lead author Pat Druckenmiller, director of the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska.
“Normalizing” UFOs – Retired US Navy Pilot Recalls Tic Tac Encounter
Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich found himself in the spotlight of media attention ahead of a much-anticipated government report on UFOs, a topic she says has little interest in, though ‘she meets one on the job. “I don’t consider myself to be a whistleblower… I don’t identify as a UFO person,” the former fighter pilot told Reuters in a Zoom interview days before the report, which is expected. present his own experience and dozens of others. like him, was to be presented to Congress.
Frog whisperer: Australian scientist talks to frogs and fears their silence
Wading through a moonlit pond on Australia’s east coast talking to frogs, Michael Mahony feels like a kid again. The 70-year-old biology professor and ecologist at the Australian University of Newcastle has mastered imitating and understanding the shrill calls, croaks and whistles of frogs.
(With contributions from agencies.)